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Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • James Salter, 90 (2015)

    James  Salter

    By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — James Salter, the prize-winning author acclaimed for his sophisticated, granular prose and sobering insights in "Light Years," ''A Sport and a Pastime" and other fiction, has died at age 90.Salter, who had been in good health, collapsed and died Friday while at a gym in Sag Harbor, his wife, Kay Eldredge, told The Associated Press. The cause...

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  • Ludvik Vaculik, 88 (1926 - 2015)

    Ludvik Vaculik

    By KAREL JANICEK, The Associated PressPRAGUE (AP) — Ludvik Vaculik, an author, journalist and anti-communist dissident whose "Two Thousand Words" manifesto became a key document of the 1968 Prague Spring reform movement that contributed to the Kremlin's decision to invade Czechoslovakia, has died. He was 88.Czech public radio and television, and daily newspaper Lidove Noviny, to which he...

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  • Hugh Ambrose (2015)

    Hugh Ambrose

    By MATT VOLZ, The Associated Press HELENA, Montana (AP) — Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the World War II history "The Pacific" after years of researching for his father, the renowned historian Stephen Ambrose, has died at age 48. Ambrose died of cancer Saturday in Helena, sister Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs said Tuesday. Hugh Ambrose began research for "The Pacific" with his father, and he...

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  • Franz Wright, 62 (1953 - 2015)

    Franz Wright

    The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Franz Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for his concise and penetrating style and heartbreaking command of emotions, has died. He was 62. Wright died Thursday at his home in Waltham, Massachusetts, of lung cancer, publisher Alfred A. Knopf said Friday. Born in Vienna and raised in California after his parents divorced, Wright was the son...

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  • Peter Gay, 91 (1923 - 2015)

    Peter Gay

    By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Gay, a popular and prize-winning historian who meticulously traced the rise of secular Western thought, from a prize-winning history of the Enlightenment to a best-selling biography of Sigmund Freud, has died. Gay died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan, his stepdaughter Elizabeth Glazer told The Associated Press. He was 91 and...

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